National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

04 November 2015

We are approaching the halfway stage of “National Young Farmers’ Week” and YFCs all over the country have been celebrating their club and everything that is great about being a Young Farmer.  As part of the NFYFC’s Recruitment & Retention campaign (sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust), each weekday of “National Young Farmers’ Week” consists of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

Today’s theme for “National Young Farmers’ Week” (4th November) is competitions. From singing to stockjudging, competitions have been at the heart of YFC for years.

Not only are competitions a brilliant motivator for club members to have a go at something new and broaden their experiences, they are also a fantastic tool for counties and clubs to meet their charitable objectives of promoting education and learning.

Each year the NFYFC competitions programme includes a mix of traditional rural and agricultural activities, sport, art, life and vocational skills, as well as competitions that help develop public speaking talents - for which YFC members have become renowned.

Since she joined her local club six years ago, Eleanor Holme, of Skelton YFC in Cumbria, has been a regular participant in club, county and national competitions. From streetdancing to Junior Member of the Year, Eleanor has done it all.

Known as “Nen” to her friends, she said: “My first competition in 2009 was badminton. Amazingly, we got through to the National Finals.  Since then, I've entered various competitions each year – and participated in many national finals. In 2010/11, I was part of the Junior Reading team that got through to the National final in Stafford.  In 2011/12, we got through to the National finals in Torquay for the Streetdance competition which was amazing. We didn't win but we got a hug from Matt Baker!  In 2012/13, I was in the Cheerleading squad and again, we got through to the National Finals in Blackpool. In 2013/14, it was Disco Dancing and again, we reached the National finals in Blackpool.  Again, no medals, but a lot of fun.  The standard at the National finals in all of these competitions has been so high and I was very proud to have even been there.  
 
“All of these opportunities have been amazing. They have given me so much confidence and I have learnt new skills from everything I have done.  I've not previously had that many opportunities to get up on a stage to sing, act and dance, but through taking part in the Young Farmers pantomime, the entertainments and the drama competitions, I have been able to do that.  Also, taking part in Junior Member of the Year helped me to practice interview and presentation skills.  But most of all, I have had so much fun and love being part of my club.”

The 2015/16 NFYFC competitions programme is available on our website, where you will see a full list of the competitions that are on offer to Young Farmers. Simply go to www.nfyfc.org.uk/competitions. You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting www.nfyfc.org.uk/RecruitmentandRetentionCampaign2015


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